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Planning for Summer Pond Management Projects

By Karen C. Beattie | April 1, 2021 | Comments Off on Planning for Summer Pond Management Projects

April is a busy transition time for ecologists. Winter data analysis and writing projects need to get wrapped up. Early season field work – such as nesting shorebird and turtle monitoring – gets underway. Planning and preparation for other projects that will be taking place over the coming summer, which once seemed very far away,…

Dune Stabilization at Millie’s Bridge

By Jen Karberg | March 25, 2021 | Comments Off on Dune Stabilization at Millie’s Bridge

by: Jen Karberg, Ph.D.; Science and Stewardship, Research Program Supervisor To celebrate the first week of spring, volunteers from island conservation groups and Madaket homeowners gathered together (socially distant!) to finally stabilize the washover dune area near the Millie’s Bridge end of Hither Creek. In about 5 hours, we planted approximately 5000 plugs of beach…

Who’s Who-ooo: Our Nantucket Owls

By Libby Buck | March 12, 2021 | Comments Off on Who’s Who-ooo: Our Nantucket Owls

by: Libby Buck, Ecological Stewardship & Research Technician Have you ever wondered how many species of owls you can see on Nantucket? Right now (March-April) is the magical time of year where you could be lucky enough to encounter up to 5 different species right here on our delightful island. Our owls include common species…

A New Publication for NCF on Nantucket’s Spotted Turtles of Medouie Creek

By Danielle O'Dell | March 3, 2021 | Comments Off on A New Publication for NCF on Nantucket’s Spotted Turtles of Medouie Creek

We have great news to share from NCF’s Science and Stewardship Department! The scientific journal Wetlands Ecology and Management recently published our manuscript titled “Changes to spotted turtle (Clemmys guttata) habitat selection in response to a salt marsh restoration”. The work referenced in this manuscript stems from a long-term research project on changes to spotted…

Winter Botany: Sneaky Photosynthesis

By Kelly A. Omand | February 19, 2021 | Comments Off on Winter Botany: Sneaky Photosynthesis

One of the complaints people make during winter and early spring in New England is how much they miss the color of foliage and flowers from the warmer months. In past NCF Science blog articles we’ve explored some of Nantucket’s evergreens (such as pine, cedar, and American holly), looked at the underlying architecture and details…

Survival Strategies for Wildlife in Winter

By Danielle O'Dell | February 11, 2021 | Comments Off on Survival Strategies for Wildlife in Winter

With Nantucket’s first real stretch of cold this winter and even some recent snow fall, it leads one to wonder about how wildlife survive constant exposure to wicked coastal New England weather. Even the most cynical wildlife biologist might find themselves “feeling badly” for the critters. How do they survive the bitter cold and windy…

Freshwater Wetlands Breathe Life Around the Island

By Jen Karberg | February 5, 2021 | Comments Off on Freshwater Wetlands Breathe Life Around the Island

By Dr Jen Karberg, Research Program Supervisor 30 miles off the mainland, anchored in the Atlantic Ocean, Nantucketer’s know better than many how water shapes our natural world. Wetlands are the places where water comes in contact with land and surrounded by the ocean and our many harbors, it can be easy to think that…

The 2020 Nantucket Christmas Bird Count

By Libby Buck | January 14, 2021 | Comments Off on The 2020 Nantucket Christmas Bird Count

by: Libby Buck, Ecological Stewardship & Research Technician The Nantucket Christmas Bird Count went off without a hitch despite the addition of COVID-19.  On count day, December 28th, 2020, the island was divided into eight sections.  All the birds seen within that 24-hour period were to be recorded.  There was concern during the planning of…

Red Cedar Juniper: Of Trees and Micro-habitats

By Kelly A. Omand | January 6, 2021 | Comments Off on Red Cedar Juniper: Of Trees and Micro-habitats

Eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana) has become one of the dominant tree species of Nantucket’s open lands, increasingly abundant in our more recently abandoned farm fields. These areas that remain undeveloped are often managed with mowing to maintain open savannah-like habitats. While frequently called a cedar, this species is actually a member of the juniper…

Celebrating the Foundation’s 57th Anniversary

By Karen C. Beattie | December 28, 2020 | Comments Off on Celebrating the Foundation’s 57th Anniversary

As we get ready to close out 2020, we would like to commemorate the Foundation’s 57nd anniversary on December 28th. On this date in 1963, a group of Nantucketers met at the home of W. Ripley Nelson, who was then the President of the Nantucket Civic League. They came together to discuss the growing need…